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Enabling ecotourism: Principles, challenges and achievements from Tambopata, Peru

Hill, Jennifer; Hill, Ross; de Sausmarez, Nicolette

Authors

Jenny Hill Jennifer.Hill@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Teaching and Learning

Ross Hill

Nicolette de Sausmarez nicolette.desausmarez@uwe.ac.uk



Contributors

Bruce Prideaux
Editor

Abstract

This chapter presents a case study of a single ecotourism initiative in Amazonian south-eastern Peru, analysing the operation of one of its lodges in detail (Posada Amazonas Lodge), and reflecting on the extent to which it can be considered a successful and sustainable ecotourism enterprise. Implicit in the term sustainability is a time element, so rather than providing a single snapshot of the venture, the case study has been carried out in two stages, five years apart. The objectives of the study are to:

1 outline key principles necessary to enable the successful achievement of ecotourism in a little developed rainforest region;
2 identify obstacles to the development and practice of ecotourism within such a region and examine the mechanisms that allow any such obstacles to be surmounted;
3 evaluate whether Rainforest Expeditions has successfully managed to balance the intricate relationship between ecotourism, environmental conservation and local community development through its operation of Posada Amazonas Lodge in the Tambopata rainforest;
4 monitor the progress of the initiative over a five-year period with particular reference to sustainable tourism development.

Publication Date Sep 29, 2014
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 146-162
Series Title The Earthscan Forest Library
Book Title Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management: Challenges for Sustainable Development.
ISBN 9780415635820
APA6 Citation Hill, J., Hill, R., & de Sausmarez, N. (2014). Enabling ecotourism: Principles, challenges and achievements from Tambopata, Peru. In B. Prideaux (Ed.), Rainforest Tourism, Conservation and Management: Challenges for Sustainable Development, 146-162. Routledge
Keywords ecotourism, sustainability, commmunity-based development, conservation, Peru, rainforest expeditions, Posada Amazonas Lodge
Publisher URL https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415635820
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